Ticket sales are strong with “The Last Jedi.”
Disney’s next installment in the “Star Wars” saga has become Fandango’s top advance ticket-seller of the year, the online ticket site reported on Tuesday.
The film, which doesn’t officially open in North America until Friday with previews beginning Thursday night, toppled another Disney production, “Beauty and the Beast,” which came out in March, for the top spot.
“The Last Jedi” is the biggest ticket pre-seller for Fandango since the series’ last film, 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which went on to become the biggest opening in film history.
“The Last Jedi” debuts in more than 4,100 theaters domestically and is on track for an opening weekend in the $200 million range. However, some box office analysts are saying the movie has the chance to open even higher.
Fandango also put together some interesting data on why audiences are looking forward to the film, which stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Daisy Ridley as Rey.
best upcoming stocks to invest in: Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.(DHIL)
- [By Joe Tenebruso]
Diamond Hill Investment Group (NASDAQ:DHIL) reported first-quarter results on April 26. The investment management company is benefiting from a seemingly relentless bull market despite shifting competitive dynamics within its industry.
best upcoming stocks to invest in: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Starbucks (SBUX) are tumbling in after-hours trading after CEO Howard Schultz said he would be stepping down as head of the coffee company. The Wall Street Journal’s Julie Jargon has the details:
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Starbucks Corp.s Howard Schultz is stepping down as chief executive so he can devote all of his time to a new strategic initiative of opening high-end coffee shops for the 45-year-old company.
Mr. Schultz, 63, is handing over the reins to President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson, who served as a board member of the company for several years before joining its executive team two years ago.
Shares of Starbucks have dropped 4.2% to$56.05 at 4:07.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
There are obvious similarities between McDonald’s (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX). The global fast serve giants are ubiquitous from U.S. to China and nearly everywhere in between.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Starbucks (SBUX) is set to release earnings on April 27–and the result could set the coffee purveyor’s stock up for some tasty gains.
What do I mean? Shares of Starbucks have been range bound for the last five months, with shares bouncing between roughly $54 and $60 during that period. But with earnings coming up, Starbucks has a catalyst to finally break though $60, if the company can deliver the goods.
In a note released yesterday, Oppenheimer’s Brian Bittner andMichael Tamas contend it will:
SBUX is highly controversial into a critical stretch for its investment case. It’s our top large-cap pick. We anticipate a multifaceted SSS improvement cycle into the June quarter (and beyond) at an attractive valuation. This intriguing setup is against ’17/’18 EPS estimates already harnessed at the bottom end of its 15-20% targeted algorithm. For 2Q17′s print (4/27 release), we expect in-line results and an unchanged outlook. We see limited downside to the $54 level with a base case at $65 (and upside case at $72).
Phases & Cycles’ Monica Rizk and Ron Meisels see more upside…if Starbucks can break that pesky $60:
A sustained rise above 卤$60 would signal a breakout and the start of a new up-leg. Behaviour indicators including the rising 40wMA and the rising trend-line confirm the positive status. Only a sustained decline below $54-55 would be negative. A rise above 卤$60 would signal Point & Figure targets of $69 and $74 (18% and 27% appreciation potentials from current levels).
See you there?
Shares of Starbucks have gained 1.4% to $59.16 at 2:57 p.m. today.
- [By Daniel B. Kline]
Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) shares dipped after the company reported its Q1 earnings. Investors reacted to same-store sales in the United States coming in below expectations. COO and incoming CEO Kevin Johnson talked about how that happened in part because Mobile Order & Pay created congestion at the front of stores, where people wait to pick up their order, causing some people to walk away without ordering anything.
- [By Jack Delaney]
And because this California cannabis company plans to become the “Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) of weed,” we had to make sure you knew about it now before January 2018.
- [By Asit Sharma]
Sure, this is only a test, but it’s the antithesis of the company’s recent strategy, which is to differentiate itself from mammoth competitors like McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) through a never-ending cycle of rapid menu innovation. The recently introduced “Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich,” which Dunkin’ describes as a culinary mashup, is a fine example of how the risk-taking chain makes even Starbucks’ food innovation look timid.
best upcoming stocks to invest in: Radient Technologies (RTI)
- [By Matthew Briar]
Although the past several years have been very good ones for the cannabis — marijuana and hemp — industry, it’s still mostly being done in an old, artisan-style fashion. Most companies haven’t figured out a way of scaling up their outputs by improving their operating/production efficiency, even though the market’s growth has merited. Radient Technologies Inc (CVE:RTI) represents that next evolution of the cannabinoid business, introducing a new approach to extracting cannabinoids from cannabis plants that will not only improve yields, but create a superior, purer product.
Canada-based Radient Technologies has developed — and patented – an ingredient-extraction process called microwave assisted processing, or “MAP,” for short. As the name implies, the use of radio microwaves helps the extraction process along. To fully appreciate why it matters, however, one has look at the approach other ingredients suppliers are utilizing now.
With current approaches to create ingredients from an appropriate source, the material with the target compound or molecule in it is soaked in a solvent, heated to 50 degrees Celsius (or more), and over the course of several hours, the desired ingredient diffuses into the solvent. After filtration, drying, and other processing, that ingredient is finally isolated and then collected.
It works, but it’s hardly ideal. Aside from the fact that this technique doesn’t work very well at large scale, yields are relatively low. Worse, a lot of things you don’t want to extract can still be found in the extract, lowering the quality and purity of the ingredient.
Radient Technologies’ microwave assisted processing changes all of this.
Using its patented MAP process, Radient is able to selectively deposit microwave energy into a biomass (source material) and heat the target elements while leaving other materials in the mix unaltered. The near-instantaneous “in-core” heating that occurs creates pressure which
- [By Jim Robertson]
Small cap Radient Technologies (CVE: RTI) is focused on extracting, isolating and purifying food/nutraceutical ingredients (colourings, flavourings, preservatives etc) and pharmaceutical raw materials from its20,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Edmonton, Alberta. The Companyworks with global brands across a range of industries (including Food and Beverage, Nutrition and Supplements, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care and Cosmetics and Biofuel) andengageswithits clients in three distinct phases:
- [By Jim Robertson]
Shares of small cap natural compound and Cannabinoid extract stock Radient Technologies (CVE: RTI) have been taking off lately as the Company makes further progress commercializing its technology. The Company extracts natural compounds from a range of biological materials using microwave assisted processing (MAP), a patented technology platform which provides superior customer outcomes in terms of ingredient purity, yield and cost. This technology is based on the selective and localized heating of the moisture present in all natural materials using microwaves as the energy source. This gives the Company a technological advantage and expertise in selectively depositing microwave energy into different parts of a biomass’ complicated chemical system form the core of our extraction advantage.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
It’s been a long time in the coming, but there’s no denying the tipping point has been reached — cannabinoids are the foundation for a whole new kind of medicine. And, the work-to-date turning cannabis into pharmaceuticals has been very encouraging.
Problem: While the premise of cannabinoids as drugs has been validated, the science of creating large quantities of pure cannabinoids remains more ineffective than effective. Radient Technologies Inc (CVE:RTI) is about the change that, leveraging a means of extracting a lot of cannabinoid material from a source, and ensuring the highest-level of purity and quality.
Radient Technologies manufactures natural ingredients for global customers across a range of industries, including food and beverage, nutrition, supplements, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Using a proprietary, patented technology, Radient’s products are superior in quality and purity while manufactured at a significantly lower cost than other methods thanks to superior yields and efficiency.
To fully appreciate the science Radient has developed, however, one must understand the alternative methods currently employed.
With current approaches to create ingredients from an appropriate source, the material with the target compound or molecule in it is soaked in a solvent, heated, and then over the course of several hours the desired ingredient diffuses into the solvent. After filtration, drying, and other processing, that ingredient is finally isolated and then collected.
It works, but it’s far from ideal. Aside from the fact that this technique doesn’t work very well at large scale, yields are relatively low. Worse, many undesirable components can still be found in the extract, lowering the quality and purity of the ingredient.
Radient Technologies uses an ingredient-extraction process called microwave assisted processing, or “MAP,” for short.
Using its patented MAP process, Radient is able to selectiv
- [By James E. Brumley]
Some of the stories about how cannabis has changed lives for the better are nothing less than astounding. Take Illinois resident Darren Miller as an example. In 2015 Miller was diagnosed with lung cancer that was later deemed terminal. Miller underwent chemotherapy, without much hope, but also began using high-THC Indica cannabis oil. Miller is alive today, and arguably shouldn’t be.
Then there’s Floridian Branden Petro. Not only does Petro suffer epilepsy, he commonly experiences seizures stemming from the condition. Nothing has stopped the seizures as quickly or effectively as 200 milligram worth of THC cannabis oil, administered as a nasal spray. Within 20 seconds of using it, it’s as of the seizure never happened.
And there are millions of other such (and less dramatic) examples, all pointing in the same direction – cannabis has medical value on multiple fronts. Not facilitating its commercialization is a wasted opportunity.
It’s a notion that’s far from lost on the people that have built Canadian-based Radient Technologies Inc (CVE:RTI) from the round up, recently inking a deal with supplier of cannabinoid extracts, Aurora Cannabis.
It’s a real accolade. Aurora is one of the largest licensed producers of medical cannabis under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), and recently began construction on an unprecedented 800,000 square foot production facility in Leduc County, Alberta. This facility, known as “Aurora Sky”, is anticipated to be capable of producing in excess of 100,000 kg of high-quality, low-cost marijuana per year.
In most regards though, Radient Technologies is the big winner of the deal, as the partnership is apt to put its high-tech facility in full demand, helping to advance the advent of cannabis in all its potential glory.
It’s a rather amazing science, really. Radient Technologies uses an ingredient-extraction process called microwave assisted proc
best upcoming stocks to invest in: United States Steel Corporation(X)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The stock market finished in the red Wednesday, with very modest losses in most major benchmarks. Even the release of a broad outline of the Trump administration’s tax reform plan wasn’t enough to spur too much excitement among investors, as some worry that the plan’s focus on corporate taxes and balanced approach toward individual income tax reform might not resonate with the bulk of the American public. Moreover, bad news from some sectors of the market helped to dampen excitement from earlier in the week, and U.S. Steel (NYSE:X), Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX), and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
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- [By Merrick Weingarten]
Steel stocks were up big on Tuesday ahead of the Department of Commerce hearing on the Section 232 probe. The DoC is set to come out with more details regarding the impact steel imports has on U.S. national security.
United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X): Up 5.27 percent. AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS): Up 9.55 percent. Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE): Up 3.54 percent. Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD): Up 4.08 percent. Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR): Up 3.29 percent.
A Jefferies research analyst suggested a high probability of the DoC institutes more incremental trade defense measures but noted most of the investigation remains unknown going into Wednesday.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Then there are the steel plays. United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) was up 7.4% at $27.61 late on Monday. It has a market cap of $4.5 billion. Over the past five trading days the stock has gained 30%. Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE) was last seen up 1% at $59.34. Nucor has a total market cap of $18.8 billion. Over the past fivetrading days the stock has gained 17%.
- [By Spencer Israel]
The following are some of the stocks discussed on the show for which co-host Joel Elconin offered technical levels.
Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) hit a low last week of $22.43, and has a big psychological level of $22.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) has two minor support levels from early December of $221.22 and $220.35. Under $220 it gets dicey, with support at $214.97 and $209.92.
United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) has a key low of $31.33 from February 2. That number serves as support.
Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY) has a triple top at $45.15. It's currently in a trading range from $43.75-$45.70.
Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) has been range bound over the last four days from $31.68 to $32.62. It has major support at the all-time low from March 15 at $30.36.
Warren Lorenz, CEO of TechMeetsTrader, joined the show to discuss his "Facebook for stocks" platform, and how he learned how to trade by watching trading communities. Listen to the full interview with Lorenz here.
Tommy Lackey, managing partner and portfolio manager at Relativity Capital Advisors, told us which stocks are on his nitrous scans and meltdown filters this morning. Those include XOMA Corporation (NASDAQ: XOMA) Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY). Listen to the full interview with Lackey here.
With the market in a slight selloff following Friday's healthcare fallout, the focus today will be which sectors, if any, rebound throughout the day. With steel stocks looking weak and gold minors and utilities looking strong, co-host Dennis Dick said he'll try to jump into those sectors if they stay weak after the open. Hear what other sectors Dick is watching here.
With Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP)'s 25-day quiet period for analysts over, the Street was treated to bullish ratings by Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and others. It's worth noting, however, most of Monday morning
best upcoming stocks to invest in: Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc.(APLE)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Here is the list of stocks going ex-dividend on Monday.
AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR) – $0.3200 dividend, 1.6780 percent yield. AptarGroup reported weaker-than-expected Q3 results on Thursday.
Fidelity Southern Corporation (NASDAQ: LION) – $0.1200 dividend, 2.6359 percent yield. The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, provides financial products and services for customers.
Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE: APLE) – $0.1000 dividend, 6.5826 percent yield. Apple Hospitality REIT, based in Richmond, Virginia, operates as a subsidiary of Apple REIT Companies.
Targa Resources Corp (NYSE: TRGP) – $0.9100 dividend, 7.7299 percent yield. The Houston, Texas-based company provides midstream natura